18 items from 2015
Lights Out star Holt McCallany is set as a lead opposite Natalie Martinez in Warrior, NBC's magical martial arts drama pilot written/executive produced by David Digilio, directed by Phillip Noyce and executive produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. Set in a grounded, contemporary multicultural and sometimes magical milieu, Warrior, from Universal TV, centers on Kai Forrester (Martinez), a damaged heroine who works undercover with physical and spiritual guidance… »
Some of the greatest (or at least heavily favored) American television shows got the big screen treatment when they were selected to have their small screen following turn into a cinematic experience. Unfortunately, for every beloved nostalgic television show that translated successfully in movie theaters (The Brady Bunch Movie, Star Trek, Batman, etc.) there are boob tube stinkers that overtake the good crop. Sure, there are middle-of-the-road movie adaptations of television programs that have a mixed bag reception (1997’s Leave It To Beaver, 1987’s Dragnet, 2012’s Dark Shadows, etc.). Nevertheless, it is always the unflattering fare that receive the bulk of the attention (do you register, 1999’s The Wild, Wild West ?).
In Boob on the Tube: Top Ten Worst Movie Adaptations of TV Shows we will take a look at the top ten televised offenders that dared to venture into cinema’s stratosphere only to end up floating down shamefully »
- Frank Ochieng
Rila Fukushima (The Wolverine) has been cast in Warrior, NBC's magical martial arts drama pilot written/executive produced by David Digilio, directed by Phillip Noyce and executive produced by Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald. Set in a grounded, contemporary multicultural and sometimes magical milieu, Warrior, from Universal TV, centers on Kai Forrester (Natalie Martinez), a damaged heroine who works undercover with physical and spiritual guidance from a mysterious… »
"I've wanted to direct for years and wanted to wait until I found a story that I 'had' to tell, and in this script I knew I had found that story."
Tom Rosenberg, CEO of production company Lakeshore Entertainment, added: "Ewan's talent goes far beyond his on-screen work, and we're excited to be working with a director who is as passionate as we are about telling the story of American Pastoral."
The film follows Seymour 'Swede' Levov, a blonde Jewish businessman living in Newark, »
Ewan McGregor will make his directorial feature film debut in Lakeshore Entertainment's upcoming American Pastoral. McGregor will star with Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning in the film adaptation based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel written by Philip Roth. Here's what Lakeshore Entertainment CEO Tom Rosenberg had to say in a statement.
"Ewan's talent goes far beyond his on-screen work and we're excited to be working with a director who is as passionate as we are about telling the story of American Pastoral."
Ewan McGregor had this to say in his own statement.
"It's a great privilege to be working with Lakeshore on Philip Roth's astounding novel American Pastoral. I've wanted to direct for years and wanted to wait until I found a story that I 'had' to tell and in this script I knew I had found that story. I'm looking forward to the challenge of being »
As of last fall, Salt director Phillip Noyce was still slated to direct the long-gestating Ameircan Pastoral, based on the book written by author Phillip Roth. However, since Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning joined the project last fall, it sounds like Noyce fell away from the project. Because now Deadline reports Ewan McGregor, who was already on board to lead the film, is now set to make his directorial debut with production slated to begin in September in Pittsburgh. Noyce had been trying to get this project off the ground for more than a decade, so it must have taken something pretty drastic to draw him away. The report notes that Fisher Stevens was courted at one point to direct the film, but clearly that didn't work out. McGregor leads the story as Seymour "Swede" Levov, a blonde Jewish businessman living in New Jersey, whose regular life is disturbed by »
- Ethan Anderton
Production on American Pastoral is set to commence in September in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, on the story of an East Coast immigrant during the Vietnam War era whose daughter becomes a radical anti-war protestor.
“Ewan’s talent goes far beyond his on-screen work and we’re excited to be working with a director who is as passionate as we are about telling the story of American Pastoral,” said Lakeshore CEO Tom Rosenberg, who is producing with Gary Lucchesi.
“It’s a great privilege to be working with Lakeshore on Phillip Roth’s astounding »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
American Pastoral follows esteemed high school athlete, Seymour “Swede” Levov. Swede, in typical fashion, marries a former beauty queen and it seems everything is going according to plan, until his daughter decides to join a revolutionary movement and commit an act of terrorism during the Vietnam War.
Filming starts this September in Pittsburgh, more news as hear it.
Source: Deadline »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
After being attached to star in the adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer-winning novel American Pastoral since last summer, Ewan McGregor will now work double duty on the pic. In addition to tackling the lead role, the actor will also take up residence in the director’s chair for his filmmaking debut.
The story will revolve around McGregor’s character, Seymour “Swede” Levov. A legendary high school athlete who grows up to marry a former beauty queen and inherit his father’s business, Swede’s seemingly perfect life shatters when his daughter takes a rebellious turn by committing a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War. He’ll star alongside Jennifer Connolly as his wife and Dakota Fanning as his wayward daughter.
- Gem Seddon
McGregor will replace previously tapped Phillip Noyce to helm this ambitious adaptation of the 1997 Roth novel for Lakeshore Entertainment. This will mark the actor's feature film debut. With a screenplay by John Romano, filming is slated to begin in Pittsburgh in September 2015 -- pushed back from March now that Noyce is no longer on board. The cast includes McGregor, Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning who, for those familiar with the novel about Vietnam-era malaise in America's upper middle class, will play the pivotal role of Merry Levov. McGregor plays her father, Swede, a postcard-perfect patriarch whose life in New Jersey is shattered by his politically radical daughter's sudden, violent act of terrorism. Intercut with fragments of Swede's life are dispatches from Rothian alter ego Nathan Zuckerman, who encounters the grown-up Levov at a high school reunion in the mid-90s. Like another high-minded literary property, Jonathan Franzen's "The. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The game of musical chairs that is the directing job on Philip Roth adaptation American Pastoral is not finished. Once slated for Fisher Stevens to tackle, the project has since been taken over by Australian director Phillip Noyce. But he’s also dropped out and now Ewan McGregor will be adding first-time director to his credentials, even as he remains the film’s lead. Set during the Vietnam War years, American Pastoral follows Seymour ‘Swede’ Levov (McGregor), a once all-conquering high-school athlete, who’s married to a beauty queen (Jennifer Connelly) and runs the business he’s inherited from his dad. All seems well in Swede’s world until his daughter Merry (Dakota Fanning) joins the countercultural clamour of the time, signing up as a revolutionary and committing a fatal act of violence that throws all their lives into chaos.John Romano wrote the script, which McGregor is now looking »
“Ewan’s talent goes far beyond his on-screen work, and we’re excited to be working with a director who is as passionate as we are about telling the story of ‘American Pastoral,’” Lakeshore CEO Tom Rosenberg said in a statement.
“It’s a great privilege to be working with Lakeshore on Phillip Roth’s astounding novel ‘American Pastoral,'” McGregor said. “I’ve wanted to direct for years and wanted to wait until I found a story that I ‘had’ to tell, and in this script I knew I had found that story.”
The screenplay was written by John Romano with filming scheduled for September in Pittsburgh. »
- Dave McNary
Ewan McGregor has been tapped to make his directorial feature film debut on American Pastoral, the film adaptation of the Pulitzer-winning Philip Roth novel that stars McGregor, Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning. Lakeshore Entertainment is producing the pic, which now is set to start shooting in September in Pittsburgh. Phillip Noyce previously was attached to direct the pic, adapted by The Lincoln Lawyer scribe John Romano. Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi… »
McGregor plays a legendary high school athlete who grows up to marry a former beauty queen (Connolly) and inherits his father’s business. His seemingly perfect life shatters when his daughter (Fanning) rebels by becoming a revolutionary and committing a deadly act of political terrorism during the Vietnam War.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
After two decades in front of the camera, Ewan McGregor is stepping behind it for his feature film directorial debut. McGregor will take over American Pastoral which he was set to star in for director Phillip Noyce. Noyce has been involved with the project for over a decade in which time the film has shifted cast-members and filmmakers. McGregor will remain the lead in the film alongside Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning. Here's the synopsis for American Pastoral, based on the »
- Alex Maidy
NBC remains committed to finding a slot for actor Lance Gross, after the cancellation of "Crisis," a dramatic thriller series Gross co-starred in for the network last TV season. NBC has reunited Gross with the director of the "Crisis" pilot - Phillip Noyce - which is said to be a martial arts drama titled "Warrior," which centers on a woman named Kai Forrester (to be played by Natalie Martinez), who works undercover with physical and spiritual guidance from a mysterious martial arts master to bring down the organized crime syndicate known as Yomi. Gross has signed up to play an Agent Golden, who is an Interpol agent and »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Hollywood has no shortage of talented composers crafting mostly serviceable tunes for the next young adult literary adaptation or prestige awards tearjerker. But for every auteur like Hans Zimmer and John Williams, you have musical yes men pounding out ominous notes in anticipation of the next horror movie jump scare or making ratatat noise to underscore a superhero chase scene. The film world screams for diverse sounds, but is often left wanting when scores become interchangeable to feed the Hollywood machine. The current film decade is no different from any other in terms of talent, mediocrity, and ingenuity, but could always use a boost from professionals who bring specificity to the table. These five forgotten or diminished artists, each among them with varied yet singular skills, are screaming to be brought back into the Hollywood fold to create their signature sounds.
One of the most prolific composers from the 90’s, »
- Shane Ramirez
We started this website back in 2007, and since then, the names of some sequels seem to come up with reasonable regularity, albeit with no sign of the film itself. And in the time we've been going, yet more names have added themselves to the list of follow-ups that are seemingly stuck in development hell.
With the new Ghostbusters film set to escape and become a real thing in the next year or two, here's just a sample of the other projects struggling to get off the ground (with one or two edging closer to a greenlight than others...)
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18 items from 2015
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